ElderCarelink Blog

End-of-life conversations about a good death

by Dorian Martin
August 28th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Over the weekend, I watched “The Descendants.” The film portrays a family’s struggles in coming to grips with end-of-life decisions for the mother, who is unconscious and on life support. But what if she was awake and had an incurable disease? What sort of end-of-life conversations should take place?

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Time magazine provides snapshot of decisions related to elders’ death

by Dorian Martin
June 21st, 2012 at 9:00 am

Dad was pretty emphatic. “You need to read this story in Time Magazine. It’s really interesting,” he said, pointing to the cover of the June 12, 2012 issue. “And after you’re done, I’ve promised to take it to the nurse practitioner who works with my doctor.” The story, “How to Die: What I Learned from the Last Days of My Mom and Dad,” tracks the final five months of Joe Klein’s parents’ lives.

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On Our Own Terms: A powerful documentary airing October 25th

by Carol Bursack
October 21st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Bill Moyers, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, interviewed dozens of terminally ill patients to create a four-part exploration of end-of-life issues that span thoughts about everything from health care to cultural attitudes.

A press release I received from PBS includes quotes of high praise. The New York Daily News hails it as “ambitious, astoundingly moving, and relevant”, and The Washington Post calls it “an extraordinary achievement.”

After viewing the double DVD release of “On Our Own Terms,” I can say I fully agree.

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My dad’s last breath

by Judy Kirkwood
September 27th, 2011 at 11:17 am

My mom and dad had so many critical health crises that we were on the edge of our seats for years. That meant whenever I traveled anywhere, I was never sure of what might happen. Since I was a travel writer that really added stress to each trip I scheduled. Thank goodness my younger sister was never more than 10 minutes away from mom and dad, but when they had their most significant downturns, I was many hours and miles away.

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Dementia and dealing with a death in the family

by Judy Kirkwood
August 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Should we have taken mom to her brother’s memorial service? We felt we had to, but knew it might be problematic given her time traveling dementia between the present and past, not to mention the physical logistics of travel itself.

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